David-Maria Sassoli

The role of the President of the European Parliament is to oversee the European Parliament’s activities and committees, which often entails making sure that parliamentary procedures are being properly executed.

Earlier this month, during the first sitting of the ninth legislature of the European Parliament, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted for David Sassoli to become their new President.  He will hold the post of President of the European Parliament until December 2021, replacing another Italian, Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament since 2017.

Prior his involvement in Italian politics, David Sassoli was an established and respected journalist.  His journalistic career started at an early age and flourished throughout the years – from a small newspaper journalist, Sassoli quickly assumed key roles at the main Italian TV channels such as TG1, TG3, Rai Uno and Rai Due.   Domestic and international politics have always been a focal area in Sassoli’s career as a journalist.  In fact, his journalistic background coupled up with his youth activism led him to Partito Democratico (PD) from where he was first elected MEP in 2009.

In 2014, upon his re-election as a MEP, Sassoli became Vice-President of the European Parliament responsible for Mediterranean Policy, the Budget and Buildings. During his tenure, he was rapporteur to various important files.  On May 26, 2019 he was re-elected for the third time as a MEP in the central Italy region.

During his speech to plenary, Mr Sassoli highlighted that the European Parliament should pay special attention to a variety of pressing issues, namely youth unemployment, migration, climate change as well as the rise of the digital world.

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